Uzbekistan: Journalist Alo Hojayev is denied exit visa
The Department of Visas and Registrations of the Yakkasarai district of Tashkent denies the exit visa to Alo Hojayev, former chief editor of the newspaper Tashkentskaya Pravda who is currently associated with the web site Tribune-uz.
Hojayev was first denied the exit visa in April 2006 when the authorities proclaimed it "inexpedient". The journalist's immediate family found itself under pressure.
Hojayev received a warning in June 2006 that he should close the web site if he knew what was good for him. The journalist was compelled to suspend Tribune-uz when his wife became a victim of a hit-and-run accident on July 1.
The Uzbek authorities still deny Hojayev the permission to leave the country for whatever reason - business, pleasure, medical treatment, and so on.
Uzbekistan is the only post-Soviet country whose citizens are required by the law to obtain a permit to leave the territory of the country. Exit visas are issued by Interior Ministry bodies for two year periods.
Uzmetronom reports in the meantime that only the bearers of state secrets or people with criminal charges pressed against them are supposed to be denied the right to travel abroad.